Author Archives: UntraveledRoads

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.

Lines and Squares

Whenever I walk in a London street, I'm ever so careful to watch my feet; And I keep in the squares, And the masses of bears, Who wait at the corners all ready to eat The sillies who tread on … Continue reading

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Life Work

  Think of a single word that sums up your values. A recent book asked that. I can't remember the name of the author and it has gone back to the library! However, it is a really useful question. I … Continue reading

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Focus Wheel

This really helped about a week after diagnosis when I felt very bleak. And defeated as it became clearer to me that the crucial factor in getting through this is going to be my attitude. How to get there from … Continue reading

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Spring from the Heart

The one gift of life is choice – or in terms of Genesis – free will. When this thought idled round in my head, my first response was, am I blaming the victim? Am I to blame for my lymphoma … Continue reading

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Walking Tall

Could see right from the start that attitude is a major part of how I go forward. Research shows that “difficult” patients survive longer than “compliant” ones. Even to the extent that UK's poor cancer survival figures are in part … Continue reading

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Listening to Life

Listen, my heart, to the whispering of the world. That is how it makes love to you. Tagore.   How to pass a day? Mike spent this morning researching my lymphoma with the impossible name. He put together a comprehensive … Continue reading

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The First Day of the Rest of my Life

Idly scrolling through Facebook. We are both flat and tired today. Then I clicked on the most delightful video of five-year-old Rilee Thorber dancing to raise awareness of dwarfism. She is so joyful, I smile along with her and realize … Continue reading

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